Mysterious object seen refuelling from Sun

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 20:18

London: An orbiting NASA space telescope has captured the footage of a planet-sized object flying close to the sun, and extending a "refuelling tube" into the sun`s surface.

The black orb later flies off into space, the Daily Mail reported.

The video captured by NASA`s Solar Dynamics Observatory and put on YouTube has inspired a wave of speculation.

A YouTube user has challenged experts to explain the strange object.

However, the US space agency had an ordinary explanation.

It said it was not a visitor from another solar system, or a planet being born out of the surface of the sun.

It was a solar "filament" -- a feature extending out from the sun which forms over the course of a day, and can extend thousands of miles into space.

NASA says: "A solar prominence (also known as a filament) is a large, bright feature extending outward from the sun`s surface. Prominences are anchored to the sun`s surface and extend outwards into the sun`s hot outer atmosphere, called the corona.

"Scientists are still researching how and why prominences are formed. An erupting prominence occurs when such a structure becomes unstable and bursts outward, releasing the plasma."


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First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 20:18

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